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Richly Carved Spear. Staff. Wood. Blackwater River. Shaman. ESP. PNG New Guinea

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  I have seen many spears from this region of New Guinea during my 50 years of collecting but not quite like this one. The intricate wood carving with its design and detail is quite spectacular.   I believe it is carved from Black Palm. Black Palm is… Continue reading

Hand Carved Male Spirit Figure, Keram River, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This is a representation of the sacred cockatoo bird man from Papua New Guinea. Hand carved. Museum quality and in very good condition. Circa mid-1900s. From an antiquities dealer / collector in Noosa Head Australia. Stunning! For the Serious Collector. I’m sorry, this item has been sold.

Barbed Arrow / Spear / Weapon, Handcarved from the Nimo Tribe, Arian River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This spear / arrow was used to hunt human enemies . . . enemies who might have stolen livestock or crops from another. Used infrequently but ONLY for the purpose of killing a person. The head of the arrow is about 14” long and an inch… Continue reading

Bone Arrow / Spear / Weapon Handcarved from Nimo Tribe, Aria River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This spear / arrow was used to hunt human enemies. It’s head is made of bone. The original owner is a member of the Nimo Tribe located on the Aria River, a tributary of the May River. Specifically used to hunt HUMANS, but not that… Continue reading

Wood Ceremonial Mei Ancestor Spirit Mask, Iatmul Middle Sepik Papua New Guinea

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Detail: Very incised Mei Mask from Iatmul. Lots of painted scrolling ornament on the face and the famous curved nose adjoining the chin feature (with a serpent head at the chin). The red and white pigment is still present over all the mask. These masks (also… Continue reading

Wood Pole Kambot Ancestor Spirit Mask, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: Bold ancestor spirit mask from a Kambot village, Lower Sepik River in New Guinea. The knob at the bottom is for holding during dance rituals and ceremonies. Cassowary feathers surround the face. Collected in the early 1970’s. In excellent condition. Stand not included. This item is no longer available.
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